Tuesday, May 29, 2018

17th Century Saturdays

17th Century Saturdays
On June 2, The Gables will be offering free garden passes as part of a region-wide open house. The garden pass allows visitors to explore the seaside gardens, learn about the National Historic Landmark District with the UniGuide app, and participate in a Living History Lab at the 1682 Hooper-Hathaway House. Stop by the historical carpentry demonstration with Mike Welch and enjoy unique shopping in the Museum Store, located in the c.1655 Retire Beckett House. Guided tours of The Gables are available with regular admission.
Members: Free
Garden Pass: Free

Guided Tour: $15.00
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Friday, May 25, 2018

The sun is out and the fun is just beginning

at The Gables

The event calendar at The Gables is full of wonderful activities and events.  We invite you to take a look and come enjoy one of the many offerings this summer.
Gables Fest

Saturday, August 4

4:00 - 10:00PM

Join us as we journey through 350 years of eclectic music and dance spanning not only the centuries but also the globe, paying homage to our settlement programming and the mission of Caroline Emmerton.  In addition to the programming, there will also be food, drink, and surprises by-the-sea throughout the course of the celebration.
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17th Century Saturdays

1st Saturdays

10:00AM - 5:00PM
From June to October, activities include guided tours of the 1668 Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, Living History Labs in the 1682 Hooper-Hathaway House, and unique shopping in the Museum Store, located in the c.1655 Retire Beckett House. Take in the architecture, seaside views, and the annual exhibit about how we know what we know about The Gables.
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Living History Lab

Saturdays and Sundays
10:30AM - 1:00PM and 2:00 - 4:30PM
Try your hand at history! The Living History Lab runs every Saturday and Sunday from July through October and is a hands-on history program at The House of the Seven Gables. Both the young and young-at-heart will enjoy learning about history through a unique set of experiments.
All events are included with admission to museum. 
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Hawthorne and History Events

Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: Citizen of the World
Friday, May 18

6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

What exactly does it mean to be an American? Join Patricia Dunlavy Valenti for a look at Sophia Peabody Hawthorne who moved beyond her roots to become an intrepid traveler and an expatriate. Her capacity to appreciate foreign cultures and her decision to leave her native land forever are topics that raise questions with contemporary relevance.
Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10.00
Three Day Professional Institute for Educators 
Thursday, May 17 - Saturday, May 19

Join us for sessions as rich and compelling as the history of The House of the Seven Gables itself!
The three-day institute is free for educators. Registration is required for the institute, and reservations for the lectures are strongly recommended.  
Support for this program provided by Mass Humanities.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Mother's Day in Salem MA 2018

It’s never too early to get those Mother’s Day reservations in, right? So here on the blog today I am going to start collecting info for events happening around Salem, MA. I’ll update this as I get more info, so check back as we get closer and more is added.
If you’re a Salem business owner holding a Mother’s Day event, feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to check out the info. 
Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13, 2018 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites
Per their website:
“Our Mother’s Day brunch will feature fine pastries, made to order omelets, seafood and salad offerings, a carving station, specialty entrees and tempting desserts. Seatings available from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Reservations will be accepted starting April 1st by calling the reservation hotline at 978-619-1120.”
The Salem Waterfront Hotel is located at 225 Derby St. Salem, MA 01970
Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise with Mahi CruisesMay 13, 2018 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
No details available on their website, click here to book tickets.
Mum’s Day Blooms and Wine Tasting
May 10, 2018 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The Cheese Shop of Salem
Per the Facebook event:
“We’re returning to our favorite cheese shop for a special flower arranging + wine tasting event! Enjoy an expert-led wine tasting and cheese nibbles while you learn how to create your own beautiful floral arrangement. Surprise mom with a gorgeous handmade bouquet and the perfect bottle of wine for Mother’s Day. Or better yet bring mom along for the best gift of all, the gift of time spent together.”
Mother’s Day Speakeasy Donuts pop up at Deacon Giles Distillery
May 13, 2018 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Deacon Giles Distillery
Per the Facebook event:
“Back where it all started, Speakeasy Donuts will be here Mother’s Day serving up some amazing options. We’ll be pairing each donut with a delicious cocktail. Bring mom down for the tastiest afternoon in town!
We’re so happy to be celebrating our 1 year Anniversary with our friends at Deacon Giles! We’ve come up with an extra special donut menu!
Marked (*) contains Rum
Marked (**) contains Almonds
Signature Yeast Dough / Large Decorated Lobster Shape 6″ / Brown Butter Glaze / 4 oz. Traditional Chilled Lobster Meat / Diced Celery / Basil / Light Lemon Mayo op Dressing
We just want to make sure we make enough for everyone!
Cost is $18.00 for (1) Sea Bug Donut.
If interested in purchasing please send payment via our PayPal link paypal.me/WrenSpeakeasyDonuts
Your payment confirmation will act as your receipt. Please bring it to the event to receive your Sea Bug Donut.
We’ll stop taking orders May 10th.
Email us with any questions! speakeasydonuts@gmail.com
Following donuts sold individually at the event:
Signature Yeast Dough / Honey Glaze / Bacon
Signature Yeast Dough / Almond Coconut Icing / Spiced Sugar / Toasted Almonds
Signature Yeast Dough / Chocolate Ganache / Sponge Toffee
Signature Yeast Dough / Blueberry Basil Jam Icing / Ritz Crunch / Goat Cheese Crumble
Signature Yeast Dough / Hawaiian Punch Icing / Froot Loops / Passion Fruit Sugar Floss
Signature Yeast Dough / Pineapple Buttercream / Deacon Giles Spiced Rum Chocolate / Toasted Coconut / Spiced Sugar / Torched Pineapple and Cherry Garnish”
Motherly Love at The Salty Buddha
May 13, 2018 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
The Salty Buddha
Per the Facebook event:
“Mothering is hard work for the body mind and soul. Often giving much more than you receive on a daily basis takes it’s toll, in the heart can move into a place of exhaustion from all that you give.
So take a rest and be replenished nurtured and loved.
Join TSB for a deeply restful enlivening and connected experience. We will use yoga meditation and creativity to rid ourselves of tension, nurture and honor the mother within and create a loving peaceful atmosphere.
We know how hard it can be to put yourself first at home so I Mother’s Day meditation kit will be created featuring Himalayan bath salts aromatherapy and a meditation guide so you can take your relaxed vibes home with you.
Want to share this experience with you daughter, son or someone to whom you mother? Bring them along too!
Mother Juice will be providing yummy healthy snacks and refreshments! $35 Per Person, $45 Per Pair”
Enjoy!! <3

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Gables Annual Fund 2018

Every spring The Gables launches our annual appeal to inform our community about work accomplished, projects planned, and ask our members and friends to invest in our mission-driven organization.  Your gift sustains our museum’s tours, lectures, exhibitions, preservation efforts, and education programs for the newly arrived immigrant community in Salem and beyond.

Admissions, memberships and merchandise sales are integral to our operations but only cover a portion of what we do.
As The House of the Seven Gables (1668) celebrates 350 years of stories, we must rely on your generosity so we can make 350 more.

From now through July 4, The House of the Seven Gables needs your support in raising $60,000. Will you help us to not only celebrate our past but help us to prepare for our future by making a gift?

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Salem, MA 01970

May 2018 Neighborhood Meeting

Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association Meeting
Monday, May 14, 2018
St. Joseph Hall
160 Derby Street
7:00 PM
open at 6:30 for coffee and conversation
Footprint Power, in coordination with the Salem Police Department and the Salem Fire Department, will discuss upcoming plant operations, plant safety, and emergency response plan.

The Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association is for all members of the neighborhood! If you live, work, or play in the historic Derby Street district you are part of the neighborhood and we encourage you to come to our meetings.
Be part of the conversation.

Next Meeting is Monday, June 11th.

Friday, May 4, 2018

May at the Gables

Mrs. Daniel Sargent (Mary Turner Sargent)
By Bonnie Hurd Smith

The great British portraitist John Singleton Copley painted twenty-year-old Mary Turner in 1763 on the occasion of her marriage to Daniel Sargent of Gloucester. He was thirty-two and wealthy, with business interests in Gloucester, Newburyport, and, later, Boston.Very little is known about Mary Turner Sargent except for a few details published in the Sargent family genealogy. As the daughter of the fourth John Turner, Mary would have been taught (minimally) how to read, write, and manage a merchant class home. Mary and Daniel Sargent had six high-achieving sons (Daniel, Ignatius, John Turner, Henry, Winthrop, and Lucius Manlius) and a daughter, Mary, who died in infancy.

To date, the only known source on Mary Turner Sargent’s personal story comes to us through the letters of her niece, Judith Sargent Murray, who was eight years younger than Mary and her closest female friend. In their letters, Mary called Judith “Constantia” (Judith’s professional pen name), and Judith referred to her as “my Maria.”

Judith’s letters document private details in both of their lives—so much so that Mary hoped to collect and perhaps publish them. Judith wrote to her: “I shall find great pleasure, in furnishing my Maria, not only with renewed copies of those peculiar lines, but with any other pieces of mine, which her partiality may induce her to value. I am most agreeably impressed by your plan for immortalizing our attachment by transferring the testimonials thereof to our dear Boys — Yes, I am indeed, their maternal friend.” It is unclear if Mary’s sons, the “dear Boys,” carried out their mother’s wish.

Of the portrait itself, the curator Theodore Stebbins explains, “Copley attempted to cast his women in an idealized mode, as called for by English practice, by generalizing them more than his male sitters, picturing them in luxuriant fashions, and seldom giving them specific, unique attributes representing their own individual interests or lives … Mrs. Daniel Sargent lifts a scalloped shell to catch water flowing from a fountain, thereby alluding symbolically to feminine virtue and beauty.

Mary’s son Henry, an artist, once remarked, “Copley’s manner, though his pictures have great merit, was very mechanical. He painted a beautiful head of my mother, who told me that she sat [for] him fifteen or sixteen times! Six hours at a time!!
The portrait above is a copy of the original John Singleton Copley that hangs in the Holyoke Room of the Visitor Center at The House of the Seven Gables. The original portrait: Mrs. Daniel Sargent, 1763. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in. Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller.

  1. History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States by William Dunlap (New York: George P. Scott & Co., 1834).
  2. Epes Sargent of Gloucester and His Descendants arr. Emma Worcester Sargent (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1923).
  3. John Singleton Copley in America by Stebbins, Rebora, et al (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995).
  4. Judith Sargent Murray Papers, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS.    
The Gables takes top community award
Executive Director Kara McLaughlin accepted the Community Service Award on behalf of the The House of the Seven Gables at the Salem Chamber's Celebrate Salem Awards Dinner at the Peabody Essex Museum on April 25.

All of the nominees in each category were voted on by the community. The Community Service Award is given to an organization that exhibits an outstanding record of community service and volunteer participation. The Gables was in a field that included a number of worthy organizations.
The House of the Seven Gables is extremely grateful to all who voted for the organization and its good work in Salem.

Photo of the Month #h7g

Photo courtesy of @hartrocks90s
If you would like to have your photo featured as our photo of the month use the hashtag #h7g on Instagram or Facebook.

Paint The Gables

Are you looking for a fun way to support our ongoing preservation work? Join us on May 19 for a paint-and-sip event with local artist Linda Abbene. Whether you are a new painter or a seasoned talent, join us for a morning of art at The House of the Seven Gables. Supplies will be provided with your admission as well as mimosas, soft drinks, pastries, and fruits.

All proceeds from the event will support our “Paint The Gables” fund. In 2018, we plan to paint the exterior of the 350-year-old Turner-Ingersoll Mansion after the roof replacement is completed. Sip a mimosa by the water while painting your own masterpiece—all while supporting historic preservation.

This event takes place on Saturday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. (check in by 9:15). Pre-registration is strongly suggested. 
The House of the Seven Gables has been nominated as one of the best museums on the North Shore. Cast your vote today!

Free Three-day Teacher Institute

We are looking forward to the Professional Educators’ Three Day Institute this month. This series of workshops will inspire local educators to use Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing, unique historical stories, and modern literature in their classrooms.

Our settlement programs staff will be offering an overview of children’s literature about immigration as well as presenting The Red Hair Comb / La Peineta Colorada, which is one of the most popular books from our summer enrichment programs, Caribbean Connections.

Thanks to the generosity of Mass Humanities and the Massachusetts Historical Society this workshop is free.

To learn more and to register for this unique learning experience for educators click the link below.

Spring is in Bloom

Spring is always a busy time for our gardens and grounds team. Be sure to come by and enjoy the tulips in the coming days as well as the warm sea breezes.

Gifts at The Gables

Get together with family and friends for a fun activity. This unique 1000-piece puzzle has an artistic image of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion on Halloween night. This is one of the most popular items in our store.

Can't make it to shop at The Gables? Check out our selection on our online store.

Sharing 350 Years of Stores, Making 350 More

This year The House of the Seven Gables (1668) celebrates a singular milestone. Built 350 years ago, it is still a place where stories are made. Ever the provider of shelter and support, The Gables inspires others as it once inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne. Where sea captains once found their footing, immigrants became citizens, visitors explore period rooms, historians pore over archives, families delight in the gardens, and authors find inspiration.

As we look ahead, we call upon you to help secure our future by contributing to our Annual Fund. Admissions, memberships and merchandise sales are integral to our operations but only cover a portion of what we do. We must rely on your generosity so that The House of the Seven Gables can continue to be an essential part of our shared history and bright future.

Contribute today so we can safeguard our legacy for the future!
Three-day Professional Institute for Educators
May 17-19, 2018
This will be a banner year at The Gables, as we celebrate our 350th anniversary.  Sign up  for The House of the Seven Gables’ Three-Day Professional Institute for Educators, taking place May 17 – 19, 2018.  Registration is required for the institute, and reservations for the lectures are strongly recommended.
Join us for sessions as rich and compelling as the history of The House of the Seven Gables itself!
Register Here >>
Paint The Gables
May 19, 2018
Create your very own commemoration of the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables with a spring-morning paint and sip event. Local artist Linda Abbene will lead you on a step-by-step artistic journey while you enjoy mimosas and fresh pastries.
Proceeds from the event will go towards a fund to repaint The House of the Seven Gables this summer.
Tickets >>
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